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Workshop on the History of Arabic Logic

May 7 - May 8

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The Workshop on History of Arabic Logic has two main aims: to make better known the richness and importance of Arabic logic, that is, logic developed and studied in Arabic-speaking lands from the 8th to the 15th centuries CE; and to provide a forum for interaction and discussion by scholars of Arabic logic.
Since the last century, scholars have acknowledged the original and relevant contribution of medieval Arabic philosophers and thinkers to the development of medieval Western logic and, more generally, to the history of logic.
Location: The Workshop will take place in the Hebdomadar’s Room. To find this room, locate the University Chapel on the north side of North St. Go through the archway beneath the clock tower at the west end of the Chapel, and turn immediately left, go up some steps and through the door. Continue upstairs and the Hebdomadar’s Room is on the first floor (that is, the floor above the ground floor) on the right.


  Tuesday 7 May Wednesday 8 May
9.15 Welcome  
9.30 Saloua Chatti (University of Tunis), ‘On Some Ambiguities in Avicenna’s Analysis of Quantified Hypothetical Propositions’ Yusuf Daşdemir (University of Jyväskylä), ‘Post-Avicennan Logicians on the Problem of Existential Import: The Case of Metathetic Propositions’
10.30 Coffee Coffee
11.00 Alexander Lamprakis (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), ‘Al-Fārābī and Avicenna on Dialectical Premises’ Fedor Benevich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), ‘Rāzī (d. 1209), Ḫūnaǧī (d. 1248), and Abharī (d. 1264) on the Criticism of Definitions and Meno’s Paradox’
12.00 Break Break
12.15 Riccardo Strobino (Tufts University), ‘Avicenna’s account of conditionals’ Dustin Klinger (Harvard University), ‘Quṭb al-Dīn al-Rāzī al-Taḥtānī (d.1364) on the Analysis of Atomic Propositions: Syntax, Semantics and the Copula’
13.15 Lunch Lunch
14.15 Miriam Rogasch (Université Paris I), ‘Averroes’ understanding of the ‘per se’ as an implicit, but fundamental criticism of Avicenna’ Abdurrahman Mihirig (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), ‘Existential Import and the Problem of Mental Existence: The Case of Sadr al-Sharia al-Mahbubi (d.747/1346)’
15.15 Break Break
15.30 Jens Ole Schmitt (Würzburg University), ‘The Reception of Post-Avicennan Logic in Syriac: Barhebraeus on Modal Logic and Reduplicative Syllogisms’ Khaled El-Rouayheb (Harvard University), ‘The Liar Paradox in 15th Century Shiraz: The Exchange between Sadr al-Din al-Dashtaki and Jalal al-Din al-Dawani’
16.30 Tea Tea
17.00 Wilfrid Hodges (British Academy), ‘The creation of two paradigms for modal logic: Avicenna and Razi’ Walking Tour of St Andrews (provisional)
18.00 Close  
19.30 Dinner (Forgans) Dinner (Links Clubhouse)

We are grateful to the University of St Andrews, via the Arché Research Centre, to the British Logic Colloquium, to the British Society for the History of Philosophy and to the Scots Philosophical Association for financial support.

Scots Philosophical Association


May 7
May 8


Stephen Read
Barbara Bartocci


Hebdomadar’s Room
St Salvator's Quad
St Andrews, KY169AL United Kingdom
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